What is Estrogen Dominance + What to Do About It

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

Estrogen dominance is one of the most common hormone imbalances we see at Rubus Health. It is a common condition because both stress and environment have a big impact on your hormone levels. Estrogen dominance can develop from excess body fat, environmental estrogens, poor digestion, stress, adrenal issues, and even autoimmune conditions. Often, it isn’t frank estrogen dominance, but rather a …

Is Iodine Bad for Hypothyroidism?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Thyroid Comments

Is iodine bad for hypothyroidism? This is among the most common questions I am asked by my patients. While it is true that your thyroid requires iodine to make thyroid hormone, too much iodine can cause harm in certain individuals. In this video I review who should be careful about taking iodine and what foods are best to meet your …

10 Top Foods for Thyroid Health

Dr. Jolene Brighten Food, Thyroid Comments

Whether you are Hypothyroid or Hyperthyroid, this list of 10 top foods for thyroid health has got you covered! In my clinic, we like to focus on what you CAN eat, rather than all the foods you should be avoiding. And while there are certainly plenty of foods you should be avoiding if you have hypothyroidism, I want to encourage …

Healing Anxiety Functional Medicine

Healing Anxiety with Functional Medicine

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Digestion, Hormones Comments

Anxiety is common enough that I’d venture to guess you at least know someone who has dealt with it, or maybe still is dealing with it. Or maybe that someone is you and you’re trying to understand if there is any chance of healing your anxiety. The conventional perspective on anxiety is simplistic really—you have a neurotransmitter imbalance and you …

16 Natural Remedies for Hormonal Headaches

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones, Postpartum Comments

Ladies, there are natural remedies for hormonal headaches and today I want to share them with you some of the most effective strategies to be free of pain meds and headaches! Acetaminophen—a well known hepatotoxin… wait, Hepata, what?   Hepatotoxin is the term for substances that are toxic for the liver cells and acetaminophen is among the worst when it …

Healing Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism in Portland

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Thyroid Comments

Maddie’s doctor looked at her labs and told her, “I don’t think your thyroid is your problem. Instead, I’d like to refer you to a psychiatrist because I think your problems are largely due to stress.” It’s true, Maddie was stressed. And if you looked at her chart without hearing her story, you might also think that Maddie’s symptoms were …

Why is Hypothyroidism More Common in Women?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Thyroid Comments

  Nearly 1 in 3 people have thyroid disease, the majority of which are women. Yet more than half of those with a thyroid condition don’t know they have it. Women are 5 to 8 times more likely to have thyroid disease. It can be diagnosed with a simple blood test, but doctors don’t necessarily think to order the testing …

7 Facts About Depression That Will Blow You Away

Dr. Jolene Brighten Thyroid Comments

Adapted from A Mind of Your Own by Kelly Brogan, MD I am so pleased to share with you this guest post, 7 Facts About Depression That Will Blow You Away, from my friend and colleague Dr. Kelly Brogan. If you’ve felt that your depression isn’t only in your head, is a symptom of something deeper or are looking for …

What You Need to Know About Heartburn & Hypothyroidism

Dr. Jolene Brighten Thyroid Comments

Heartburn — that sensation of burning in your chest or throat that may accompany meals or haunt you throughout the day. Chances are you’ve experienced it at some point, which you means you know how uncomfortable it can be. However, you might be asking yourself right now, what could heartburn and Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s possibly have in common? Heartburn is a …